08/07/2013 11:41 am ET

'Sharktopus' On Syfy: A Pteracuda And A Mermantula Are On Their Way


Move over, "Sharknado." Pteracudas and Mermantulas are moving in.

After the recent success of Syfy's "Sharknado" -- which generated a Twitter frenzy and already has a sequel in the works -- the network is revamping an old favorite, 2010's Sharktopus.

While the original TV movie centered on a half-shark, half-octopus creature created for the military, two new films are on their way: "Sharktopus Versus Pteracuda," which centers on a half-pterodactyl, half-barracuda, and "Sharktopus Versus Mermantula," in which the half-shark, half-octopus battles a part-man, part-piranha, part-tarantula.

While "Sharktopus Versus Pteracuda" has been described as "Sharktopus' offspring going toe-to-toe with the latest science experiment 'Pteracuda; in a battle for supremacy," according to Dread Central, the description of "Sharktopus Versus Mermantula," which stars Casper Van Dien and Catherine Oxenberg, is even more detailed:

"In order to take down Sharktopus, Ray Brady, a former basketball player, is injected with a transformation serum that alters his genetic make-up to become part man, part piranha and part tarantula. Though unsuccessful at his first attempt to bring down Sharktopus, Ray injects himself with a growth hormone, increasing his strength tenfold, and has a final showdown with Sharktopus in a baseball stadium."

In the meantime, "Sharknado" just keeps growing: Regal Cinemas aired the Syfy sensation in theaters all over the country last Friday, August 2, and Syfy plans to air it again on the 22nd.

Has the nation become completely shark-obsessed? It certainly seems like it.


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